The Phantom Zone Anime Review Site.

Astro Boy

.hack//Legend of the Twilight
Angelic Layer
Aquarian Age: The Movie
Astro Boy
Banner of the Stars
Brain Powered
Carcaptors: The Movie
Castle in the Sky
Crest of the Stars
Detective Conan
Digimon: The Movie
Digimon 02
Dragonball: Mystical Adventure
Dragonball-Z: Dead Zone
Dragonball-Z: The Tree of Might
Dragonball-Z: The World's Strongest
Dragonball-Z: Lord Slug
Dragonball-Z: Super Android #13
Dragonball-Z: Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan
Dragonball G.T.
Dragon Drive
El Hazard
Figure 17
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Full Metal Panic
Ghost In The Shell
Ghost In The Shell 2
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C.
Gundam: 08th M.S. Team
Gundam 0080
Gundam 0083
Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Gundam Seed
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
Interstella 5555
Kiki's Delivery Service
Legend of Lemnear
Machine Robo
Magic Knight Rayearth
Pokemon: The First Movie
Pokemon the Movie 2000
Pokemon 3: The Movie
Pokemon: Mew Two Returns
Pokemon 4-ever
Pokemon Heroes
Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker
Sister Princess
Spirited Away
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: R.i.D
Transformers: The Movie
Ultraman Tiga
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie
Zoids: Fuzors
Zoids: Chaotic Century
Zoids: Guardian Force

Distributor: Sony Entertainment
Original Story: Tezuka Osamu
Volumes: 3
Rating: TVY7 (robots kick butt)
Anime Code: G

First airing in America on Kids WB, and then in Cartoon Network's Toonami block, Astro Boy is based on two previous anime series that aired a long time ago as well as a manga.  Astro Boy dates back to the early 50's with a black and white version of the show.  The show's obviously been upgraded recently to account for a new generation of viewers.  Astro Boy tells the story of a robot boy who was built in the model of a disgraced scientist's deceased son.  The boy called Astro eventually comes under the supervision of Dr. O'Shea, the head of the Ministry of Science.  Astro uses his incredible powers to maintain harmony between the humans and robots of Metro City.

Review: This latest version of Astro Boy looks very cool.  It's got a mixture of normal animation and CG animation.  The plotline seems to be the same as the old series but the characters act on a more intense level.  The robots have been drawn more detailed in this latest version.  Makes you just want to go out and see how different the series has evolved over 50 years.

Action Level: 4/5
Robots battle other robots.  Make them ten stories tall and you've got Gundam.

Romance Level: 0/5
Still looking.

Comedy Level: 3/5
The appearance of Zoran later in the series provides a lighthearted touch.

Adult Level: 1/5
Just your typical cartoonish futuristic violence.

Drama Level: 2/5
Astro seems to be pretty comfortable with his fusion of cybernetics and human personality.  The only drama I've seen was between the two doctors: O'Shea and Tenba.

Overall Level: 3/5
If this series ever comes out on home video, I might get it.  In the mean time, check it out on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.